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Biafra: IPOB, Police Trade Words As Clash Leaves DPO Hospitalised In Ebonyi

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The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Tuesday alleged that 17 of its members sustained gunshot injuries when they were attacked by a combined team of security agencies on Sunday in Ebonyi State.

But the Police debunked the allegations stating that it arrested just six members of the group in a primary school in the state.

This is as a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Kpirikpiri Police Division, CSP John John, was attacked when members of the group and security agents clashed during the operation.

The clash occurred at Oguzoronweya Primary School in Ebonyi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

IPOB members were said to been having their convention in the school when the police got wind of it and stormed the area.

This led to a bloody clash between the security agents and the proscribed group.

The DPO, John, who was attacked with stones and other dangerous weapons, is said to be nursing injuries he sustained in the melee.

However, the police arrested an Abakaliki based legal practitioner, Mr. Orogwu Cyril Ndubuisi, and his fiancé, who were said to be with the IPOB members during their meeting in the school.

Five other IPOB members were also arrested while many of the members fled.

Ndubuisi and his fiancé, whose name could not be immediately ascertained, are planning to wed on December 12, 2019.

They reportedly took their wedding invitation card to IPOB members for distribution during the meeting.

Police spokesman in the state, Loveth Odah, said the IPOB members started attacking the security agents immediately they sighted them.

The spokesman said the IPOB member hit John with heavy stones on the head.

She added that he would have died but for the helmet he was wearing and bulletproof vest he also wore.

She said: “Why are they saying police burst into where they were holding meeting? Are they supposed to hold a meeting in Nigeria when they are proscribed? In law, there is what is called an unlawful assembly”

“Members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) assembled unlawfully and the information got to us that was on October 27, 2019 at Oguzoronweya Primary School in Ebonyi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State by 2.50p.m”.

“On receiving the information, men of Operation Puff Adder of our command, in active collaboration of other security agencies, went to the place.

“We thought that IPOB members were just normal people that gathered together to have unlawful meeting even when they know they are not lawful in Nigeria. But that was very different. As soon as police got to the area, to their greatest surprise, Mr. John John, the DPO of Kpirikpiri Division, was seriously attacked.

“If not because he was seriously kitted as a policeman having his helmet on him and his bulletproof, he would have been killed. By now you would have just heard that a Chief Superintendent of Police is dead.

“Their lawyer, who was with the IPOB members, was arrested. I talked with him and I was surprised that he denied being their legal adviser. He said he was taking their briefs. I don’t know the difference between a legal adviser and somebody who takes a brief for an organisation”

“Many of them ran away but we were able to arrest at least six of them; they are in custody. They are fully dressed in IPOB uniform.”

But IPOB in a statement claimed security agencies opened fire on them injuring 17 of its members.

A statement by the Spokesman of the group, Emma Powerful said that 70 others were arrested by the security agencies.

“We the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) find it distasteful that rather than confront rampaging and murderous Fulani herdsmen, the Nigerian army and police have continued their incessant and unwarranted attacks against the peaceful family of IPOB in Ebonyi State”

“A combined team of Nigeria Armed Forces invaded the venue of a peaceful IPOB gathering in Ebonyi LGA at 5pm on Sunday 27 October 2019 with more than 50 Hilux vans during an inauguration ceremony and opened fire on defenceless mothers and fathers without warning.

“Such mindless and animalistic brutality cannot happen and has never happened in the north where the top four most deadly terror groups are operating freely without restriction.

Mr Powerful noted that if the same murderous zeal exhibited by the Nigerian Army and police in Ebonyi can be exhibited in the fight against terrorism, banditry and lawlessness in the north, peace and tranquility will reign.

“The continued killing of innocent civilians in Ebonyi State by terror herdsmen on one hand and Nigerian army on the other is troubling.

“This continued invasion and intimidation of Biafraland must stop. All those responsible for this attack will pay dearly for it, they and their children,” Powerful added.

Spokesman of the Army, Musa Sagir did not respond to requests for reaction at the time of the report.

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Nigeria’s Public Debt Is Officially ₦29.83 Trillion

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The total public debt stocks of the Federal Government of Nigeria, all states within the Nigerian federation, and the FCT is now ₦28.63 trillion as of Q1 2020.

This is was made known by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in a report they released on Friday, July 10, 2020.

Further analysis of Nigeria’s total public debt showed that N9.99 trillion which equals about 34.89% of the debt was external.

A breakdown of the report revealed that the total debt stock of the states as of 31 March 2020 is N4.1 trillion. Meanwhile, these states’ total Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for 2019 was N1.3 trillion. They also received N2.47 trillion from FAAC.

As usual, Lagos State recorded the highest IGR at N398.7 billion. The state also received N117.8 billion in FAAC disbursements and has a total debt stock of N444.2 billion, thereby making up 10.8% of the total debt stock of the states.

Yobe State recorded the lowest debt stock out of all the states with just N29.2 billion. This made up just 0.7% of the total debt stock of the states. Meanwhile, the state generated a total IGR of N8.4 billion in 2019.

Part of the report by the NBS said:
“Nigerian States and Federal Debt Stock data as at 31st March 2020 reflected that the country’s total public debt portfolio stood at N28.63trn. Further disaggregation of Nigeria’s total public debt showed that N9.99trn or 34.89% of the debt was external while N18.64trn or 65.11% of the debt was domestic.

“Similarly, States and FCT domestic debt was put at N4.11trillion with Lagos state accounting for 10.8% of the total domestic debt stock while Yobe State has the least debt stock in this category with a contribution of 0.7%.”

However, the FCT had total debt of N106.8 billion, making up 2.6% of the total debt stock of the states. The FCT also recorded an IGR of N74.5 billion in 2019 and received N71.9 billion in FAAC.

The Federal Government’s total domestic debt stock by Q1, 2020 was N14.5 trillion, with FGN bonds making up 72.5% of the total portfolio followed by treasury bills at 18.24%.

The total public debt stock has risen by 4% since December 2019 while the previous figure stood at N27.4 trillion.

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BREAKING: Buhari Signs N10.8trn Revised 2020 Budget

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President Muhmmadu Buhari, on Friday, signed the revised 2020 Budget of N10.8 trillion, passed by the National Assembly in June, into law.

While signing the bill into law, the President explained the revision became necessary because of the weakening effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nation’s economy.

He also said ministries, department and agencies will be given 50 percent of their capital allocation by the end of the month.

The signing ceremony, which took place inside the State House, was witnessed by the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, and the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and other principal officers also witnessed the signing.

The Ministers Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; Minister of State Finance, Clement Agba, Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emiefile and Director General Budget, Ben Akabueze.

At 11:03am, Senator Babajide Omoworare, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to President on National Assembly Matters (Senate) and Hon. Umar El-Yakub, on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives) presented the budget to the President, while the Osinbajo, Lawan, and Gbajamilia joined him to witness the signing the budget at exactly 11:06

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Nigeria Records 499 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Now 30,748

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Nigeria has recorded 499 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 30,748.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made this known via its Twitter handle on Thursday.

“499 new cases of #COVID19; Lagos-157 Edo-59 Ondo-56 Oyo-31 Akwa Ibom-22 Borno-21 Plateau-19 Kaduna-18 Katsina-18 Bayelsa-17 FCT-17 Delta-14 Kano-11 Rivers-10 Enugu-8 Ogun-6 Kwara-4 Imo-3 Nasarawa-2 Osun-2 Abia-1 Ekiti-1 Niger-1 Yobe-1.”

499 new cases of #COVID19;

Lagos-157

Edo-59

Ondo-56

Oyo-31

Akwa Ibom-22

Borno-21

Plateau-19

Kaduna-18

Katsina-18

Bayelsa-17

FCT-17

Delta-14

Kano-11

Rivers-10

Enugu-8

Ogun-6

Kwara-4

Imo-3

Nasarawa-2

Osun-2

Abia-1

Ekiti-1

Niger-1

Yobe-1

30748 confirmed

12546 discharged

689 deaths

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